Evan Kasprzak

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Evan Joseph Kasprzak
Born June 15, 1987 (1987-06-15) (age 27)
Monroe, Michigan, U.S.
Residence West Bloomfield, Michigan, U.S.
Other names Kaz
Education Illinois Wesleyan University
Occupation Performer
Known for Placing third on So You Think You Can Dance: Season 5
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Parents Barbara Kasprzak, James Kasprzak
Relatives Ryan Kasprzak, Ian Kasprzak

Evan Joseph "Kaz" Kasprzak (born June 15, 1987) is a tap and theater jazz dancer, best known for finishing third on the Fox show So You Think You Can Dance, and for being the first dancer on the show specializing in the style that the show refers to as "Broadway". He created the role of "Elmer" in the Broadway musical Newsies.

Early life[edit]

Evan Joseph Kasprzak was born in Monroe, Michigan, the youngest of three sons. His older brother Ryan is a television choreographer and his brother Ian is a computer engineer. Evan graduated from Wylie E. Groves High School and earned a BFA in musical theatre from Illinois Wesleyan University. Before appearing on So You Think You Can Dance, Kasprzak starred in a short dance film entitled "After Hours", written by Nathan Hartman and directed by Jason Eberly.

Professional theatre[edit]

He was cast in the Paper Mill Playhouse live musical production of Disney's Newsies. He is currently playing the role of Elmer in the Broadway production.[1]

So You Think You Can Dance[edit]

He first auditioned in Season 4, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He made it as far as the top 40 during the Las Vegas callbacks, but was then cut. He returned with his brother Ryan in Season 5 to the auditions in Memphis. In the season finale, the 3,500 strong crowd at the Kodak theater began chanting Evan's name after one of the hosts, Nigel, responded to the comments of another host, Mary Murphy, regarding Evan's purported lack of Jive technique[clarification needed] with "I think you came out with guns blazing."[citation needed]

Performances[edit]

Week Partner Dance Song Result
1 Randi Evans Jazz "I Only Have Eyes for You"—Jamie Cullum Safe
2 Jive "Shake A Tail Feather"—Ray Charles Safe
3 Contemporary "Koop Island Blues"—Koop Safe
4 Broadway "Rich Man's Frug"—from Sweet Charity Safe
5 Hip-hop "Halo"—Beyoncé Knowles Safe
Samba "Ritmo De Bom Bom"—Jubaba
6 Kayla Radomski Viennese Waltz "Kiss from a Rose"—Seal Safe
Performance show solo "Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart"—Rufus Wainwright
7 Janette Manrara Jazz "Move" (Metronomy Remix)—CSS Safe
Rumba "Heartless"—Kris Allen
Performance show solo "Old Devil Moon"—Jamie Cullum
8 Melissa Sandvig Broadway "Get Me to the Church on Time"—Matt Dusk Safe
Quickstep "As Long As I'm Singin'"—Brian Setzer Orchestra
Performance show solo "The Lady Is a Tramp"—Sammy Davis, Jr.
9 Jeanine Mason Jazz "Heartbreaker"—MSTRKRFT featuring John Legend 3rd Place
Brandon Bryant Pop-Jazz "Nasty"—Janet Jackson
Kayla Radomski Jive ”T.R.O.U.B.L.E."— from Travis Tritt
Final solo "The Best Is Yet to Come"—Michael Bublé

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Disney's Newsies, The Musical". Papermill.org. Retrieved 2011-10-17. 

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